Election 2008: Trick or Treat?

When I started this blog, I decided to call it Astrology Mundo (world) in the hopes of taking a broad view and attracting readers and commenters from all over the world. Obviously, my mandate is limited by the fact that this is an English-language blog.

As we count down to the U.S. election, a lot of allegations about the candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, are spreading like wildfire through the blogosphere, and I don’t want to get burned. I’m interested in truth and transparency, but I’m not going to be the vehicle to spread rumors. Therefore, I’m not approving comments that appear to be motivated purely by political concerns, despite my desire to be broad-minded.

For the record: I don’t know who will win the Presidential election. Because of the aspect between revolutionary Uranus and restrictive Saturn that is exact on Election Day, there could be an “upset” of some kind.

The potential for a grand deception or a perfect storm also exists, as Mars in Scorpio will be squaring a stellium of Neptune, Chiron, and North Node in Aquarius, as Neptune turns direct.

Ray Merriman, the dean of financial astrology, decided to stop talking about the election in recent weekly columns because of the angry e-mails he was getting from folks who disagree with him. He’s got a forecast up this week, though, that reverses his earlier prediction that McCain will win.

His feeling is that Obama has become more Saturnian (responsible, conservative) and McCain more erratic (Uranus) as we’ve moved closer to the election.

As I mentioned earlier this year, I was fascinated by the premise of the underrated Kevin Costner film Swing Vote. In that movie, the Republicans start acting like Democrats and the Democrats espouse policies normally associated with the GOP, all in an effort to win the vote of one man (Costner).

Since the financial crisis erupted on Sept. 9, the Republicans have pushed through a program of government intervention that appears to take a page from the Democrats’ playbook. Although Congress, at the behest of President George Bush and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, has spearheaded what I’ve dubbed “welfare for Wall Streeters,” Republican voters continue to rail about possible “socialism” under Democrat Obama. They don’t seem to understand that government control of our financial system is accelerating under a Republican Administration.

As Nancy’s Blog has astutely observed, the culture wars are back in full force as Pluto makes its last pass through Sagittarius before entering Capricorn for good on Nov. 27. So the fur is going to continue to fly.

Rest assured, though, the Saturn/Uranus opposition will be informing politics for the next few years. If McCain and his vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin win the election with their “maverick” persona, the people will react in a Saturnian (conservative) way.

Likewise, if Obama is elected, I predict he will be too conservative for his supporters, who may be disillusioned as Neptune conjuncts the U.S. Moon in Aquarius during the next two years. Indeed, the financial crisis and the amount of money pledged to prop up the fragile banking system may put the kibosh on any plans that Obama had to bolster social welfare. This typically means using government money to improve services for seniors, children, the disabled, and the needy.

A huge problem with both candidates, who are in overdrive trying to woo Main Street with a populist (from populi, Latin for the “voice of the people”) message: The political system in the U.S. and our politicians are beholden to powerful corporations.

Sure, I think it’s great that Joe Biden is from Scranton, my Dad’s gritty hometown. Trouble is, Biden represents Delaware in the Senate and has strong ties to the credit-card companies based in that state that have raped consumers with interest rates of 30%.

As informed voters know, McCain was caught up in the savings-and-loan scandal of the late 1980s and was one of the Keating Five, a group of Senators punished by their colleagues for improper conduct in connection with Charles Keating, the former head of Lincoln Savings and Loan. The New York Times has also exposed McCain’s ties to lobbyists from the Indian casino gambling industry.

While candidates of all political stripes go out of their way to cast themselves as ordinary guys and gals for fear of being labeled part of the “elite,” the reality is they are dutiful servants of our plutocracy.

With Pluto in Capricorn, the bottom line is: We’re all on our own. Our government will not be able to help us — either because it goes bankrupt trying to honor its overly optimistic financial promises or because it’s dismantled by radicals on the right or the left, or by a fringe coalition.

It’s interesting when you read about home-schooling and private school vouchers, both of which take kids out of public schools, to see that supporters range from conservative Christians to lefty tree-huggers.

Sarah Palin’s fellow travelers in the Alaska Independence Party, who are working for the state’s secession from the Union, are the harbingers of this anti-government sentiment on a federal level. What’s going to be amusing is when the folks who have been preaching that it’s time to “get government off our backs” will be begging for handouts. It’s going to get ugly, no matter who is elected.

Still, the optimist in me says we’ll go back to the spirit of Yankee mutual aid celebrated by Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America. A case in point: When I was recently was cat-sitting for a friend in New York City, I discovered a whole lending library of books that the co-op has in the basement. At least people the people in that building will have something to read after the local library shuts down because of government cutbacks.

So build and cultivate your networks (the U.S. Moon in Aquarius), folks. But that’s what’s going to get you through the next four years, no matter who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Addendum: I was Googling trying to find a de Tocqueville quote about volunteerism and mutual aid and I stumbled upon this one, which is quite apt as the Bush Administration starts talking about the need for another government stimulus package with the election less than a month away:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

Pluto in Capricorn and the Bilderberg Club

I’ve never been a fan of conspiracy theories because I subscribe to Murphy’s law, that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. I’m also a follower of the law of entropy, which the dictionary defines as “a measure of disorder or randomness in a closed system.”

Nevertheless, I ackowledge the influence of secret societies like the Masons in the founding of this Republic as well as the existence of such plutocrat fraternities as Yale’s Skull and Bones Society and the Trilateral Commission. Back in college, I read Richard J. Barnet’s seminal 1976 book, Global Reach: The Power of Multinationals.

Still, I had never heard of the Bilderberg Club until a few days ago, when the same friend who told me about the secret plan to introduce the amero mentioned it.

“What’s that?” I asked. And she replied, “You know, the 100 or so businessmen and political leaders who pull the strings of the world’s economy.”

I’ve done a little research since then and it appears that the Bilderberg Club is primarily a translantic organization. I hope they’ve widened their mandate and invited Ratan Tata and Li Ka-Shing to become members because the times, they are a changin’. India and China are rising economic stars.

I thought it would be fun to run the chart of the Bilderberg Club, which according to the Wiki, first met on May 29, 1954, in the Netherlands. You can see the chart here, courtesy of Astrodienst. I’ve set the chart for 9 a.m. because that’s when conferences usually start.

With a stellium of Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, and South Node in Cancer opposing Mars and the North Node in Capricorn, this chart has strong connections to the U.S. chart, whichever one you use. I like the Sibley chart, which you can see here, courtesy of AstroDataBank. The U.S. chart has Venus/Jupiter/Sun/Mercury in Cancer, opposed by Pluto in Capricorn.

The Venus/Jupiter of the U.S. chart closely mirrors the Venus/Jupiter of the Bilderberg chart. So what? Well, both charts are going to be challenged by Pluto, which returns to Capricorn on Nov. 26, 2008. You may recall that Pluto dipped a toe into Capricorn earlier this year. Another aspect that both charts are experiencing is the transit of beneficial Jupiter through Capricorn in 2008.

The presence of Jupiter gives U.S. leaders and Bilderberg Club members great flexibility in dealing with financial problems. This includes expansive measures such as keeping the Federal Reserve’s discount window open to investment banks until January, 2009 (the deadline was originally mid-September) and asking Congress to give Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a blank check to restore investor confidence in the troubled mortgage lenders.

But once Jupiter enters Aquarius on Jan. 17, 2009, that protection disappears. It will be time for a restructuring of both the U.S. and the Bilderberg Club as transiting Pluto in Capricorn opposes Venus and Jupiter in Cancer in both charts. Things get really extreme with the so-called cardinal climax, a T-square involving Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in the early degrees of cardinal signs. Ray Merriman explains it here.

What’s really interesting is that the Cancer lineups in both the U.S. and Bilderberg Club charts form the final point of a grand cross (the T-square is Saturn in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries, squaring Pluto in Capricorn). Maybe that’s when we’ll see a merger between the dollar and the euro. (The amero is supposed to replace the U.S. and Canadian dollars and the Mexican peso.) Cue spooky music!

One potential hitch to the New World Order conspiracy: The U.S. Uranus in Gemini sits exactly on the Bilderberg Club’s Sun. Perhaps revolutionary (Uranus) elements in the U.S. thwart some of the Bilderberg Club’s intentions (Sun).

I’m hoping that Jude at Jude’s Threshold, who has written a lot about the New World Order and the plutocrats who have been planning it, will weigh in on this chart when she’s done toasting the nuptials of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi.

I guess the last of the rice and confetti has been swept up at Jude’s Threshold, because Jude has posted a dynamite commentary on the Bilderberg Club. You can read it here. Thanks a million, Jude!